Wales wants to continue its clear fault against the Blues

The XV Leek, with four wins in as many games, does not stop on Sunday, facing France, in his quest for a title hoped for by a generation.

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The Welsh face the French team on Sunday (October 20th) to clinch a place in the last four of the Rugby World Cup. Back on the course of an opponent who no longer succeeds to the Blues in recent years, and whose wish is to extend the stay of his coach in Japan.


Wales made a clear round in the group stage for the first time since 1987. The selection of Warren Gatland has four wins, in as many games. First a large success against Georgia (43-14), before a game more hooked against Australia (29-25). And finally two more victories against Fiji (29-17) and Uruguay (35-13).

This 2019 edition seems to be the last chance for a team that has reached maturity and has no time to lose. In the XV Leek, there remain five players present in the defeat of 2011 against France (9-8): three-quarters Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Jonathan Davies and second-lines Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones.

Winners of the Blues at the Six Nations Tournamentst February (24-19), the Welsh remain on a series of seven victories in the last eight meetings between the two teams and are therefore favorites against the men of Jacques Brunel.

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Warren Gatland and his players in training on October 8th.
Warren Gatland and his players in training on October 8th. Aaron Favila / AP

A defeat of Wales against the XV of France sign the end of the adventure of the coach Warren Gatland on the Welsh bench. An outcome that does not seem possible for the coach of the individual technique, Neil Jenkins: " It would be nice to have another 15 days in Japan for him and for everyone. »« Gats is not only an amazing coach, he's also an incredible person. He brings so much to his environment (…). It would be incredibly sad to see him go, " did he declare.

The New Zealander has been at the helm of the Welsh since 2007 and has guided them to three six-nation Grand Slam tournaments (2008, 2012, 2019). At the end of the World Cup, he will return to his country to coach the Chiefs.

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Wales opener Dan Biggar, who suffered two concussions against Australia and then Fiji, will be well against France. " We took all the necessary precautions Said Warren Gatland.

The rest of the composition has no surprises, it is the team winning the shock of Pool D against Australia. Center Jonathan Davies and winger George North, both facing Fiji, are restored and logically titular.

Nicolas Master


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